Top 25 TV Shows of 2016

Similar to the previous years in the last decade or so 2016 was a great year for television. Maybe television even had a better year than films this time around, some would say. With major streaming competitors like Netflix and Amazon placing more emphasis than ever on their own original programming offerings, we saw premium…

Top 30 TV Episodes of 2016

Ranking the Top 30 Episodes of 2016 (Warning! Spoilers Ahead – if you haven’t seen a featured episode and don’t want to be spoiled avoid reading its review below image): 32. Sense8 – A Christmas Special After much controversy with cast and showrunners the long awaited Sense8 Christmas special aired last in December and quite…

Westworld: (S01E10) “The Bicameral Mind”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS WOW. That was a hell of a way to end Westworld’s amazing first season. The Bicameral Mind answered the season’s most important mysteries in brilliant fashion, dashing our hopes early before completely turning everything we had seen throughout the season on its head. The producers were not kidding when they said they would…

Westworld: What Will Happen in the Season Finale?

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS ONLY READ IF YOU ARE COMPLETELY CAUGHT UP ON THE SERIES Westworld’s first season has come to its conclusion and fans of the series are looking for more answers to its many mysteries. Like many other fans of the series, Westworld has become a bit of an obsession. We look over every…

Westworld: (S01E09) “The Well-Tempered Clavier”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS The Well-Tempered Clavier was the best episode of the season so far.  The episode was all about satisfying moments, revealing some of its most important (And long suspected) secrets. And those secrets were brilliantly shown through great storytelling. So let’s get the big news out of the way: Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) was…

Westworld: (S01E08) “Trace Decay”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Memory drove many of the story lines in Trace Decay, as the line between humans and hosts started to blur. It felt like a revolution was brewing for much of the episode as characters remembered past indiscretions that could lead to the downfall of Westworld itself. The episode hit the ground running…

Westworld: (S01E07) “Trompe L’Oeil”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Trompe L’Oeil was a solid entry in the series, as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and William (Jimmi Simpson) got closer to the mysterious maze. Maeve (Thandie Newton) made a dangerous demand after seeing enough of the “real world.” While these developments were good overall, the Maze story line had a few missteps….

Westworld (S01E06) “The Adversary”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS The Adversary may seem like a let down after the events of last week’s episode, but there were some interesting developments in this episode. As Maeve (Thandie Newton) exerted more control and Teddy (James Marsden) revealed a dark side, the mysterious Arnold seemingly took more control. Who were the puppets and who…

Westworld: (S01E05) “Contrapasso”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Time can be a television show’s best friend. Writers play with it to manipulate the audience. Sometimes they will do the simple things that we take for granted, such as the passing of a day in a one hour show. Other times it is more elaborate. The writers will sometimes hide the…

Westworld (S01E04): “Dissonance Theory”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Dissonance Theory gave tantalizing hints about the mysteries surrounding Westworld, by having many of its characters, both human and android, break out of their narrative loops. The common thread were dreams, the power behind them…and the fightening ability to control them. Thandie Newton’s Maeve “awakening” continued down a fruitful path, as she…

Westworld (S01E03) “The Stray”

WARNING FULL SPOILERS The Stray returned Westworld’s focus to Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Teddy (James Marsden), the first people we met in the park. The episode introduces some intriguing new stories for these characters in addition to revealing more compelling mysteries. Dolores continued to be the center of nearly every mystery and story line…

Westworld (S01E02) “Chestnut”

WARNING: FULL SPOILERS Chestnut introduces quite a few intriguing mysteries into Westworld along with a couple of new characters.  The show continues to tantalize with its dark world while also giving us hope. Two new guests enter Westworld:  Logan (Ben Barnes) and William (Jimmi Simpson).  While Logan is the typical guest, William seemingly can’t get…